Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

Sooo, last weekend, I finished my first Whole30! And to be honest, it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be – I learned a lot about my food habits, and also managed to change a lot of them for the better.

I feel a little bit spoiled because since I work from home, meal prepping wasn’t as necessary for me as it is for so many people. I made a whole bunch of delicious meals from some of my favorite bloggers, and actually learned how to be a much better cook using way healthier ingredients. Progress!

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

I’ve been considering doing a big post about my Whole30 experience, and linking to all the recipes I’ve tried…let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!

In post-Whole30 news though…I can finally eat baked goods. And that means I can finally MAKE them again! I’ve been compiling quite the compilation of recipes I’ve wanted to make, but none of them have been compliant so they’ve been sitting idly in my computer.

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

But now, the time has come, so baked goods are coming back atcha full force…although I’ll still be throwing in some nut butters, my favorite Whole30 recipe go-to :) and the first baked good up? This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread!

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of banana bread, as evidenced by the number of banana bread recipes I’ve posted over the years (case in point: paleo chocolate chunk banana bread, paleo double chocolate banana bread, paleo almond banana bread, secretly healthy gluten-free banana bread). While they’re all delicious, this cinnamon streusel version just might be my new favorite.

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

I go nuts for anything with streusel or anything with pecans, and this pecan streusel covers both of those bases. It’s super simple to throw together and with a thick layer of it in the middle and on top of the banana bread, it makes for an irresistible loaf.

This recipe uses just half a cup of coconut flour, which can’t be substituted with anything else because coconut flour is uniquely absorbent, which is why you need such a small amount for the whole loaf.

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

Nut butter also provides some structure and flavor – I tested this recipe with both cashew butter and almond butter and both were delicious! Whichever you prefer or is more accessible to you will do the trick. There’s also NO added sugar to the banana bread – it’s sweetened entirely with the ripe bananas, and there’s only 1/4 cup coconut sugar in the streusel topping. Hard to beat that!

This paleo cinnamon streusel banana bread is super soft, moist, and absolutely delicious. It’s full of cinnamon and sweet banana flavor, with that irresistible layer of pecan streusel throughout. It also freezes incredibly well, so you can slice it before freezing and heat up slices as you want them. Enjoy!

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

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Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread
 
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Serves: 10 slices
Ingredients
  • 4 bananas (2½ cups mashed or 500 grams)
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (140 grams) cashew or almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup (75 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
For the streusel
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup pecans, finely chopped
Directions
  1. Grease one 9"x5" loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. First, prepare the streusel. In a small bowl, stir together all of the streusel ingredients until fully moistened and crumb-y. Place in the fridge while preparing the batter.
  3. In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and nut butter until fully combined.
  4. Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle half of the streusel evenly over the batter. Cover with the remainder of the banana bread batter, and then sprinkle the rest of the streusel topping evenly over the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about ½ hour. Flip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  8. Store leftovers wrapped in the refrigerator, or freeze for longer term storage.

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This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

Comments

  1. Yay for finishing Whole30! I’ve thought about doing that, but I think it would be really hard for me to give up coffee haha. This banana bread looks so good, Rachel! I love the layer of cinnamon streusel inside, so pretty!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Roasted Cinnamon and Nutmeg AlmondsMy Profile

    • You don’t have to give up coffee on Whole30, Gayle! You just have to drink it black or with compliant almond milk :) I think a lot less people would do it if coffee was a no-go, haha! Thanks so much for the love.

  2. Congrats on finishing your first round or Whole30 successfully! I’m going to do it in April, nervous but excited! Holy heavens, this banana bread not only has streusel on the top but in the middle? Talk about banana bread perfection!
    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado recently posted…Lemon Berry Baked Pancake BarsMy Profile

  3. That streusel!!!! I have to watch myself around that stuff because I love it so much. I’m glad that you put DOUBLE streusel in there. My kinda bread.
    annie recently posted…Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Swirl Bread (paleo)My Profile

  4. Congrats on a successful Whole30! I agree that working from home eliminates the “prep” problem and makes it really easy to experiment with new recipes and learn some new cooking techniques. As for this bread, I want to wake up to it everyday! Banana bread and cinnamon streusel combined is a dream!
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted…Paleo Almond Butter Banana Muffins with FlaxseedMy Profile

    • Thanks so much Michele! Your recipes definitely helped get me through – I loved every one that I tried! Thanks so much for your kind words – wish I could bring you a loaf in exchange for some of your delicious food ;)

  5. Many congratulations on finishing your first Whole30. This paleo cinnamon streusel banana bread with a layer of pecan crumble sounds fantastic. Love the fact this is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour. So much yes to this.

  6. Wowww! Probably one of your best recipes. I can’t believe how healthy it is =)
    Ashley recently posted…Simple Cinnamon Crunch Granola (Fruit-Sweetened, Oil-Free)My Profile

  7. You had me at cinnamon streusel! This is my kind of banana bread :)
    Laura | Tutti Dolci recently posted…meyer lemon cream sconesMy Profile

  8. Congrats on finishing the Whole 30! And this bread is just mouthwatering – it would have me bounding out of bed for breakfast!!
    Marissa recently posted…Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley SoupMy Profile

  9. I can’t wait to try this recipe- wish I still had bananas in the freezer! Yes, I’d be very interested in your fave recipes while doing Whole30 (and congrats for finishing!). I did it last month and am looking for more Whole and clean recipes to keep in the mix…along with your pecan struesel banana bread!

  10. Love all of that streusel! Wish I had a slice to go with my coffee!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Cinnamon Glazed Banana Peanut Butter Bars {Whole Wheat}My Profile

  11. This looks amazing, Rachel! I’ve actually never made anything with streusel, but I just might have to now. An I would LOVE to see a post about your Whole 30 experience with links to the recipes you used!

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